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This Day In History: Feb. 23

This Day in History

1836: Mexico under Santa Anna begins a siege of Texans in the Alamo in San Antonio.
1945: During World War II , the U.S. flag is raised at Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima.
1981: In Spain, armed civil guards invade the Cortes (parliament) in an attempt to seize power. King Juan Carlos narrowly foils the coup by convincing most of the military units to remain loyal to the government.
1995: The Dow Jones industrial average tops 4,000 for the first time.
1997: Scottish researchers announce the first cloning of an adult animal--a sheep named Dolly.

Today's Birthdays

1633: Samuel Pepys, diarist (London, England; died 1703)
1685: George Frederick Handel, composer (Halle, Germany; died 1759)
1787: Emma Willard, women's educator (Berlin, CT; died 1870)
1868: W. E. B. Dubois, educator and black activist (Great Barrington, MA; died 1963)
1904: William L. Shirer, author/journalist (Chicago, IL; died 1993)
1938: Sylvia Chase, TV journalist (Northfield, MN)
1940: Peter Fonda, actor (New York, NY)
1943: Julio Iglesias, singer (Madrid, Spain)
1944: Johnny Winter, singer/musician (Beaumont, TX)
1951: Edward "Too Tall" Jones, football player and actor (Jackson, TN). Patricia Richardson, actress (Bethesda, MD).
1965: Michael Dell, founder and chairman, Dell Computers (Houston, TX)

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